Is Health Care IT Living Up to Expectations?

EHRs are a long way from living up to expectations, according to a recent article in Computerworld — but not all EHRs present common problems. As of 2009, only 12% of U.S. hospitals had adopted electronic health records (EHRs), according to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health . That may be because many EHR projects fail, according to a study by University College London . And they fail, in many cases, because they’re hard to use, to experts from the Institute of Medicine : Health care providers have to flip among many screens to access data, which can be more cumbersome than working with paper charts.

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